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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Assess ecological processes linking individual animals, wildlife populations and whole communities of animals and micro-organisms in relation to environmental/ecological risk assessments.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 2.Do you have experience in explaining risk and exposure assessment issues to project managers, management, responsible parties, and the general public?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in analyzing environmental fate and transport data to predict a pesticide's potential to contaminate ground or surface water.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in probabilistic risk assessments for effects of pesticides or environmental chemicals on terrestrial or aquatic organisms or ecosystems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Estimate population-level effects and risks from pesticides or toxic substances to wildlife based on effects and hazards determined at the individual species level.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Select the responses that describe the quantitative functions or analyses that you have you performed.
  1. I have experience using ArcGIS.
  2. I have independently written and executed complex command scripts in the SAS, S-Plus or R statistical languages.
  3. I have used approaches in which statistical programs such as SAS, Splus, or R were used to transfer data to and from ArcGIS.
  4. I have conducted multiple regression analyses.
  5. I have conducted categorical data analysis.
  6. I have conducted multivariate analyses such as factor analysis, cluster analysis, or discriminant analysis and ordination.
  7. None of the above.


* 7.Do you have experience developing approaches linking toxicology and ecology by assessing the effects of anthropogenic compounds on individual animals and translating that data to population models?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in developing GIS data layers and digital maps from digital databases.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Choose the response which best describes your training and experience in incorporating soil, geologic, hydrologic, land-use, and other environmental data to construct digital data sets for use in preparing GIS maps.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Do you have experience in the interpretation and evaluation of pesticide risk assessments?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Select the statistical methods that you have performed.
  1. Basic Statistical Methods (e.g., summary statistics, parametric tests, correlation)
  2. Linear Models/Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) /Multivariant Analysis of Variance (MANOVA), e.g., regression, balanced and unbalanced, factorial nested and mixed design
  3. Non-Parametric Methods (e.g., Wilcoxon and Kendall tests, tests for trends)
  4. Multivariate Methods (e.g., factor analysis and principal component analysis)
  5. Cluster Analysis (e.g., hierarchical clustering, Monte Carlo, permutations)
  6. Resampling and Simulation Methods (e.g., bootstrap, jackknife)
  7. Model Testing and Post Estimation (e.g., Walds and LR tests)
  8. Transform and Normality Tests (e.g., Box-Cox, Shapiro-Wilk and Shapiro-Francia tests)
  9. Time Series Analysis (e.g., time series functions, operators and smoothers, tests for white noise)
  10. Survival Analysis (e.g., Cox regression, parametric models, Weibull, Kaplan-Meier)
  11. Survey Methods (e.g., probabilistic, factorial)
  12. General Linear Models (e.g., binomial, Poisson and exponential, log-linear, and generalized linear mixed models)
  13. Bayesian approaches to combining data
  14. Meta-analysis techniques
  15. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 12.Experience reviewing, analyzing, and using scientific data or other information in developing a risk assessment.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.Preparing written descriptions of statistical analysis methodology and results.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.Where did you learn about this EPA Position?
  1. Job Fair/Career Conference
  2. Referral from a Professional Organization
  3. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  4. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  5. Referral from a current EPA employee
  6. Referral from a friend or family member
  7. EPA Internet Site
  8. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  9. Referral from a State or Local government
  10. Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  11. Twitter
  12. Facebook
  13. USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  14. Other (w/Branch)

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 15.Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.Are you aware that all applicants, including current EPA employees, must submit transcripts as part of your application package as outlined in the vacancy announcement? Failure to submit transcripts will be considered an incomplete application and it will be rated ineligible.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 11
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  3. I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  4. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


* 3.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Ecologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research with at least 30 semester hours in BASIC AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES which included 9 semester hours in ECOLOGY and 12 semester hours in PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES.
  2. I do not meet any of the above.


* 4.GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Ecologist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


* 5.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Toxicologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S OR HIGHER DEGREE in toxicology.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences with at least 30 semester hours in CHEMISTRY, BIOCHEMISTRY, or PHYSIOLOGY, PLUS 12 semester hours in TOXICOLOGY (e.g., toxicological research, methods in toxicology, essentials of toxicology, the study and review of toxicological literature, special reading courses, or other toxicologically-oriented subjects).
  3. I do not meet any of the above.


* 6.GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Toxicologist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


Grade: 12
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or chemistry.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  3. I have a combination of EXPERIENCE appropriate for THIS POSITION and EDUCATION LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE with courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline appropriate for THIS POSITION.
  4. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Biologist/Life Scientist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


* 3.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Ecologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research with at least 30 semester hours in BASIC AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES which included 9 semester hours in ECOLOGY and 12 semester hours in PHYSICAL and MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES.
  2. I do not meet any of the above.


* 4.GS-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Ecologist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


* 5.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Toxicologist, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a BACHELOR'S OR HIGHER DEGREE in toxicology.
  2. I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences with at least 30 semester hours in CHEMISTRY, BIOCHEMISTRY, or PHYSIOLOGY, PLUS 12 semester hours in TOXICOLOGY (e.g., toxicological research, methods in toxicology, essentials of toxicology, the study and review of toxicological literature, special reading courses, or other toxicologically-oriented subjects).
  3. I do not meet any of the above.


* 6.GS-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Toxicologist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


* 7.From the list below please select all environmental fate studies you have conducted and/or evaluated:
  1. Hydrolysis
  2. Aquatic or soil photolysis
  3. Aerobic soils metabolism
  4. Anaerobic soil metabolism
  5. Soil column leaching
  6. Aerobic or anaerobic aquatic metabolism
  7. Field dissipation
  8. Prospective ground water monitoring
  9. Field volatility
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above.






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